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Rohrabacher Introduces Bill to Restore Patent Protections

Jul 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA, has introduced legislation to restore patent protections to inventors and to create expedited legal proceedings for inventors in a court of law.

“Innovation is the engine for America’s future prosperity. The continued efforts of inventors enable our country to maintain leadership in the global economy,” said Rohrabacher. “The United States Constitution specifically secures for inventors the exclusive right to their discoveries, but, unfortunately, legal protections for those rights are on the decline.”

H.R. 6557, the Inventor Protection Act, would amend federal law to ensure that inventors cannot lose their patents to unfair post grant reviews by the Patent Trade and Appeal Board, or any other administrative proceeding.

The legislation would also protect inventors from litigious infringers with unlimited resources by providing expedited legal proceedings in a court of law. These expedited proceedings will prevent the value of a patent from being eroded by never-ending legal maneuvers and eliminate the perverse incentives that encourage companies to infringe on the rights of inventors in the first place.

The congressman continued: “Too often we see multinational corporations stealing the property of those who do not have the resources to defend themselves, then tying up inventors in endless reviews and litigation. Worse, the system is now structured to make it economically worthwhile for those corporations to pursue this strategy. The founders of this nation rightly understood that property rights, including to one’s writings and discoveries, are essential to liberty and economic prosperity. That is why they were written into the Constitution.”

Rep. Rohrabacher is a senior member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and a fervent champion of America’s innovators.